Monthly Archives: February 2018

Plant Profile: Prickly Ash

Zanthoxylum americanum Also, Known As: Angelica Tree Prickly Ash Suterberry Toothache Tree The prickly ash or the Zanthoxylum americanum is a tall shrub that may also be described as a small tree and usually grows up to a height of twenty feet. The shrub is distinguished by its barbed stalks and branches. The leaves of the prickly ash are covered

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What Is ‘Wormwood’ and The Health Benefits of Wormwood

Wormwood {Artemisia absinthium} Also, Known As: Absinthe Absinthium Ajenjo Common Wormwood Green Ginger Madderwort Old woman Wormwood Primarily native to Europe, wormwood is a perennial shrub-like herb that has greyish-white colored stems wrapped with delicate and glossy hairs. Wormwood normally grows up to a height between one and three feet and bears leaves that are smooth, hairy and contain secretary

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What Is ‘Southernwood?’

Southernwood {Artemisia abrotanum} Also, Known As: Southernwood Southernwood (botanical name, Artemisia abrotanum) is a shrub-like plant that grows perennially to a height of three feet (one meter) and possesses a potent aroma. The stems of this shrub are woody while it bears fluffy leaves that have a silver-green hue. The flowers of this plant are yellowish in color. Southernwood belongs to

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Medicinal Hops for Health Benefits

While we know it best for the bitter flavor it imparts to beer, we celebrate hops as an increasingly valuable herbal medicine – and as the 2018 International Herb of the Year. Step into a hop field and you will witness a gorgeous feat of herbal engineering. Whether flourishing in towering lush columns or luxuriously sprawled on garden trellises, Humulus

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The 2018 International Herb of the Year: Hops

Humulus lupulus Also, Known As: Common Hop English Hop European Hop Hops Hops Vine Lai-ei-ts’ao Le-ts’ao The hops or the hop plant bears the name Humulus lupulus L. in botanical circles. This perennial plant belongs to the plant family Cannabidaceae. The plant is a climbing vine, which gives out scaly and cone-shaped fruits called hops from which the name of the

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How To Guarantee Your Garden Starts Off On The Right Foot

As winter slowly winds down, many gardeners cannot wait to soak up the springtime sun and get their hands dirty in the garden. Such excitement is not just good for gardeners but can benefit the garden in the months to come as well. Late winter or early spring is a great time to get a head start on the gardening

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Defining Tender and Hardy Plants

There are many ways that we classify plants but one of the most important for gardening or landscape purposes is how they respond to cool and cold temperatures. This applies to flowering plants and vegetables. In its simplest form plants are considered hardy, semi-hardy or tender. Some of these plants do well direct-seeded into the garden while others do better

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